As COVID-19 rapidly swept across the country last spring, the sports industry had no choice but to pivot—and pivot quickly. Teams and franchises scrambled to find new ways to help protect the safety of their athletes, staff and fans.
With the NBA in full swing and the NFL just weeks away from the Super Bowl, it’s fair to say that teams and fans alike are eager to return to normal. And this year, sports leagues are doing everything they can to reignite fans’ spirit and joy in cheering for their favorite teams.
Perhaps one of the most highly-anticipated events of the 2020-2021 collegiate sports season, the College Football Playoff took place last night in Miami, Florida. Alabama secured the National Championship title and defeated Ohio State with a final score of 52-24.
Stadiums and arenas all across the country have found a new sense of purpose in 2020. Originally built with capacity for tens of thousands of dedicated fans, most of these venues, unfortunately, now sit empty. But with leagues and franchises looking for ways to elevate team spirit, provide value to sponsors, and drive revenue, many have looked for new and unique ways to monetize their stadiums.
If one thing’s for certain, the 2020 academic year has been full of twists and turns. But students all across the country have continued to adapt to their surroundings and find new ways to learn and grow together. And as unpredictable and tumultuous as this past year has been, there is incredible drive and dedication in today’s student body.
Although the live sports landscape has evolved quite a bit over the last few months, the Pac-12 football conference still managed to have quite the season. Last Friday night, the University of Oregon competed against the University of Southern California for the conference championship title.
As more and more fans have been watching live events from home, leagues and sports franchises across the country have been filling their stadiums with custom fan cutouts from AAA Flag and Banner. From the NBA to the NFL, MLB, and beyond, these viral cardboard cutouts have been a hit among both teams and fans.